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Tristan Middleton

Senior Lecturer in Education

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Early Years & Education Team. I am passionate about educational inclusion and the opportunities for higher education to have a positive impact upon education practice. Chevron icon


I began my teaching career in 1995 with a PGCE from Bath Spa University, having worked as an actor in children’s theatre for 8 years. I have taught throughout primary and early years in a mainstream primary school in Wiltshire and then a mainstream primary school in Bristol where I became Assistant Head Teacher. I have also been a SENCo, Designated Lead for Child Protection and Designated Teacher for Children in Care. For the last 6 years of teaching I set-up and ran a nurture group provision.


  • BA (Hons): French and DraMA: University of London, 1990
  • PGCE: Primary Education with QTS, Bath Spa University College, 2000
  • MA Ed, Inclusive practice in schools, University of West of England, 2008
  • PGCAP, Academic Practice, University of Gloucestershire, 2017


Nurture Group Accreditation (PGCE 30 credits) 2010

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

British Educational Research Association (BERA)

Tristan is Director and Chair of Leading Learning for Special Educational Needs Community Interest Company.

Teaching & Research


Education, inclusion, Special Educational Needs, Educational Leadership


Focus on education, SEN, nurture groups and narrative enquiry. Current research projects include: The Role of Assessment Feedback in Developing Academic Buoyancy – a collaborative Higher Education action research project.


More publications from Tristan Middleton can be found in the Research Repository.